Services set for young couple killed in Butler Twp. crash

Published: Tuesday, December 05, 2017 @ 10:51 AM
Updated: Wednesday, December 06, 2017 @ 7:27 AM

UPDATE @ 7:27 a.m. (Dec. 6): 

Funeral and visitation services are set for Kaitlin Bradley and Kyle Gross, the young couple killed in a crash over the weekend. 

Visitation for Kyle Gross will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8 at Kindred Funeral Home, 400 Union Blvd., Englewood. His funeral is at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 9 at funeral home with Pastor Todd Hoskins officiating. Interment will follow the service at Polk Grove Cemetery in Butler Twp.

Kyle Gross was a four-year letterman in wrestling in high school at Northmont High School where he graduated, reads his obituary.

Kyle Gross was also a graduate of the Miami Valley CTC - Machine Trades program. He was employed at Beau Townsend Nissan and had attended Sinclair Community College in the Business Administration program, according to the obituary.

Visitation for Kaitlin Bradley will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7 at Kindred Funeral Home. Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 8 at the funeral home. Interment will follow the service at Arlington Cemetery in Brookville.

Kaitlin Bradley was a former student at Northmont High School. She graduated from Tri County North High School in 2016 and the Miami Valley CTC -Animal Care Management, according to her obituary.

Kaitlin was working at Perfect Paws Grooming in Lewisburg. She enjoyed cheerleading, playing sports, being with her friends and caring for animals, the obituary reads.

UPDATE @ 5:25 p.m. (Dec. 5): Excessive speed may have been involved in the weekend Butler Twp. crash on Meeker Road that left a 19- and 20-year-old dead, township Police Chief John Porter said. 

In a prepared statement released moments ago, the initial investigation shows that a 2009 red Nissan sedan was headed south on Meeker when the driver apparently lost control and struck a tree. 

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Both occupants, 19-year-old Kaitlin Bradley of Lewisburg and 20-year-old Kyle Gross of Clayton, were ejected and died at the scene, just north of the I-70 overpass. 

No one witnessed the crash but a passer-by happened upon the crash scene, went to a friend's residence nearby, and dialed 9-1-1. 

Crews dispatched about 1:20 a.m. Sunday arrived to find the severely damaged sedan and the victims. 

The investigation is continuing, Chief Porter said in the statement.


Two people were killed in a weekend crash on Meeker Road in Butler Twp., according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office. 

Kyle Gross, 20, of Clayton and Kaitlin Bradley, 19, of Lewisburg, both died in the crash on Meeker Road north of Interstate 70 in Butler Twp. early Sunday morning. 

Gross and Bradley died from blunt force trauma from an accident, according to records from the coroner’s office. 

Additional details about the crash were not available. Butler Twp. police have not responded to requests for information about the crash. 

We’ll update this page as we learn more.

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Snow southwest ends this evening; sunshine returns Sunday

Published: Saturday, March 24, 2018 @ 5:37 AM
Updated: Saturday, March 24, 2018 @ 4:05 PM

Sunshine returns to the Dayton area Sunday, along with warmer temperatures during the work-week.

A Winter Weather Advisory in effect until 11 p.m. in Butler County.


  • Snow southwest of Dayton ends this evening
  • Sunshine returns Sunday
  • Warmer weather, spring showers next week

>> PHOTOS: Another taste of winter in area


Tonight: Snow will continue to fall southwest of the Dayton area this evening. Butler County, especially, could see heavy snowfall, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said. A couple of inches of snow accumulation will be possible by the time all is said and done this evening. Overnight clouds will begin to break as temperatures drop into the middle 20s.

>>5-Day Forecast

Sunday: Mostly sunny skies return to finish the weekend. It’ll be a nicer day but still a little cool with highs in the middle, maybe upper 40s.

Monday: We get back into the lower to middle 50s with a few more clouds expected.

Tuesday: The chance for rain returns under cloudy skies. Highs will be in the middle to upper 50s.

Wednesday: A few more showers are possible with highs near 60 degrees.

Thursday: Partly cloudy skies are on tap with highs in the upper 50s. There is a slight chance for rain, but those chances get better heading into Friday.

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LaRosa’s Pizzeria in Beavercreek closes

Published: Saturday, March 24, 2018 @ 8:25 PM


The LaRosa’s Pizzeria in Beavercreek has closed for good.

It’s not clear when the restaurant at 2453 Esquire Drive was last open for business.

Employees have been offered jobs at other area stores, according to a supervisor at the Cincinnati-based pizza chain’s order line.

We have reached out to the corporate office to find out why the restaurant closed.

>> Competitive Dayton pizza market: LaRosa’s closes in Huber Heights

LaRosa’s also has locations in Kettering, Centerville and Englewood. In late 2016, it closed its Huber Heights restaurant, citing sluggish business at that store.

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Snow hits Butler County; Winter Weather Advisory in effect

Published: Saturday, March 24, 2018 @ 1:03 PM
Updated: Saturday, March 24, 2018 @ 3:59 PM

Snow covers a statue on Saturday afternoon in Hamilton. A winter weather advisory has been issued for Butler County until 11 p.m. March 24, according to the National Weather Service. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF
Snow covers a statue on Saturday afternoon in Hamilton. A winter weather advisory has been issued for Butler County until 11 p.m. March 24, according to the National Weather Service. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

A winter weather advisory remains in effect until 11 p.m. in Butler County.

>> PHOTOS: Another taste of winter in Butler County

The area is receiving snow right now, but it’s not sticking to most roads. Area police agencies are reporting no major accidents or delays. Traffic along Interstate 75 through Butler and Warren counties was traveling at the speed limit as of noon.

The NWS said wet snow is expected through the region with accumulations of 1 to 3 inches.

A winter weather advisory means that periods of snow, sleet or freezing rain will cause travel difficulties. Motorists should be prepared for slippery roads and limited visibility, and use caution while driving.

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Dayton wants in on Trump’s tax reform program

Published: Saturday, March 24, 2018 @ 2:43 PM
Updated: Saturday, March 24, 2018 @ 2:43 PM

            Dayton City Manager Shelley Dickstein and Mayor Nan Whaley at a recent tax incentive review meeting. CORNELIUS FROLIK / STAFF
Dayton City Manager Shelley Dickstein and Mayor Nan Whaley at a recent tax incentive review meeting. CORNELIUS FROLIK / STAFF

The state of Ohio has nominated large sections of Dayton to be opportunity zones, which under Trump’s federal tax reform bill can give tax breaks to investments in those areas.

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 created the new opportunity zones program with the goal of spurring private investment in distressed communities.

The program provides a tax incentive for investors to re-invest their unrealized capital gains into new funds that put money into economically challenged areas.

Officials say opportunity zones across the nation could attract billions of dollars in new investment into some high poverty neighborhoods.

“It’s basically a way to induce investment in areas that are traditionally under-invested in,” said Tony Kroeger, Dayton city planner.

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Dayton officials this week celebrated when they learned that Ohio Gov. John Kasich had nominated 17 of the 20 low-income Census tracts that the city submitted to the state for consideration.

States were able to nominate just 25 percent of their low-income Census tracts to the U.S. Treasury to be designated as opportunity zones. The federal submission deadline was Wednesday.

Large chunks of Dayton were nominated, including downtown, Historic Inner East, Old North Dayton, South Park, Wright-Dunbar, Wolf Creek, Pineview, Lakeview and other neighborhoods.

Investors with capital gains can defer and reduce their taxes by investing in opportunity zones, and capital gains earned in the area will not be subject to taxation, said Diane Shannon, Dayton’s director of the office of management and budget.

“We are very hopeful that we will” see new investment from the program, Shannon said.

In opportunity zones, investments in real estate or businesses can be sold after 10 years with no capital gains taxes, but investors also get a tax break on untaxed capital gains rolled into new opportunity zone funds, according to the Brookings Tax Policy Center.

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Investments in qualified opportunity zones that are held for at least 10 years can be sold without any capital gains taxes.

Investments held for five years will see a 10 percent reduction in taxes on the original unrealized capital gains, and those held for at least seven years will see a 15 percent tax reduction.

The biggest incentive for investors is to keep their unrealized capital gains in the opportunity funds for at least 10 years so they will not be taxed on the appreciation, experts said.

U.S. taxpayers have about $2.3 trillion in unrealized capital gains in stocks and mutual funds, according to the Economic Innovation Group.

The new opportunity funds will allow investors nationwide to pool resources and mitigate risk , the group said.

“If this isn’t part of every person’s estate planning, it should be, because this is a very lucrative program for those individuals and their long-term financial interests,” said Alison Goebel, executive director with the Greater Ohio Policy Center.

The opportunity zones program could be another source of financing for transformative projects like the Dayton Arcade, she said.

Goebel, however, said she is concerned that there are no restrictions on where investors can put their money nationwide, and that could mean investors pump their money into opportunity zones on the coasts that have stronger markets and may appear to carry less risk.

She said she hopes Ohio communities do not get overlooked by investors because they need as much access to capital and credit as possible.

Across the country, critics say the program uses old Census tract data and newly gentrified and affluent neighborhoods may be eligible for opportunity fund investments. Critics say some rich areas may benefit from the program and some projects that do not need help will get it.

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